Just over 58 percent of girls in grade seven have been vaccinated against the Human Papilloma Virus, HPV, since the launch of the government’s vaccination programme last year.
That’s the word from Dr Melody Ennis Acting Director of Family Health at the Ministry of Health.
HPV has been linked to cervical, anal and throat cancers, placing a significant burden on the public health system.
Dr Ennis says despite the initial fears expressed by some parents towards the vaccine, public education has led to more acceptance.
She says so far, none of the students has shown negative side effects to the vaccine.
Dr Ennis says vaccination is most effective when administered to girls between ages 9 and 14.
The vaccine is also available at a cost to women and girls.